Woodlands & Walking Stretch your legs, broaden your horizons
A forest full of
Relax in the feel-good Forest
Great places to visit, hidden treasures, attractions and events across parts of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire
Spending some time in
Step this way to ﬁnd a walker’s paradise. Try a circular walk, leisurely stroll or take on the
challenge of the 75-mile National Forest Way. If that sounds daunting, don’t worry, it can be tackled in 12 manageable stages.
Still want more? Take your next steps exploring
Keep ﬁt in the Forest
Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Woodland, just one of the 19 woods in The National Forest
The National Forest Spread over three counties and covering 200 square miles, The National Forest is a wonderfully varied landscape that is greening the heart of the country. Tourist Information Centres Ashby de la Zouch, North Street, Ashby de la Zouch LE65 1HU Tel: 01530 411 767 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Swadlincote, Sharpe’s Pottery Museum, West Street, Swadlincote DE11 9DG Tel: 01283 222 848 Email: email@example.com
Spend some time
Whether you are
here and you can
interested in history
explore ancient forests
and heritage, family
and newly planted
fun, arts and crafts
woodland mixed with
or just looking for
wild ﬂower meadows
somewhere to go for a
and rugged rocky
relaxing stroll or cycle
uplands. But take a
along beautiful paths
closer look and you’ll
and trails, this guide
ﬁnd there’s much
can give you some
more to discover.
inspiration for a day
managed by the Woodland Trust. Alternatively,
There are many ways
two popular parkruns,
there’s Leicestershire County Council’s Beacon
to keep active in the
at Conkers and Rosliston,
Hill Country Park, Donisthorpe Woodland Park
Forest: take a dip in
where keen runners
and Snibston Country Park to explore or the
the seasonal outdoor
Forestry Commission’s Sence Valley Forest Park.
lido at Hood Park in
can be put through
A walk through the woods is never the same
drop into the leisure
in Burton upon Trent
in autumn, melting into a golden haze.
or practice your ﬁgure
Join us for the National Forest Walking
of eights on the ice and
Festival in May or, for more
ten-pin bowling action
woodlands open to the public visit
at Uttoxeter Cine Bowl.
The Forest also hosts
The drinks are on us
Natural good taste is on the menu
Golf & Fishing Live the sporting life
heritage that stretches back hundreds of
House near Ashby de la Zouch, Boot Beer
Brewery in Repton,
years, it should be no
Tollgate Brewery at
surprise that people
Calke Abbey, and the
have a taste for our
John Thompson Inn
that matter) is an experience not to be missed.
in Ingleby, home to the
You’ll ﬁnd local produce at farmers’ markets in
In Burton upon Trent,
Ashby de la Zouch, (3rd Saturday of the month), Castle Donnington (2nd Saturday) and Burton upon Trent, (2nd Thursday). If like us, you believe in food metres, not miles, visit one of our fabulous farm shops where food
the home of beer, you can whet your
whistle at the Burton
Bridge Brewery or the William Worthington,
oldest microbrewery in the country. Alternatively, why not tour Burleigh’s Gin
Distillery for a tot of their London Dry Gin,
at the National
a spirit inspired by the
Betty’s Farm and Shop in Willington, Cattows
Packington and Scaddows near Ticknall.
Time for another?
and drink is truly local. For starters, there’s Farm Shop in Heather, Hill Farm Shop in
Other breweries in the Forest include the Tap
boasts Marco Pierre
Whether you need the
centres and nurseries where you can browse,
here are some places
buy and enjoy a relaxing coffee or afternoon
that can help you really
tea. So whether you’re seriously green-ﬁngered
relax and recharge:
or just an enthusiastic amateur, pop into one of the many to be found dotted across the
Forest: Planters at Bretby, Garden King in
Newhall, Byrkley Park Garden Centre near Barton under Needwood, Sunnyside Garden
Hoar Cross Hall, near Burton upon Trent,
near Lount, Wyevale Garden Centre at Findern,
in 31 acres of beautiful
Rosliston, Staunton Harold Garden Centre
original health spa set
Swarkestone Nurseries and Stanton Nurseries.
parkland near Ashby
Get creative in the countryside
Lingdale Golf Club in Woodhouse Eaves.
personal pieces at any
Not forgetting the 18 bay ﬂoodlit driving range
of these venues: The
also visit the Branston Golf & Country Club,
Marina and The Mug
Golf and Conference Centre in Botcheston
Ashby de la Zouch.
Alrewas, Paint a Pot
at The Golf Centre, Coalville. Keen golfers can
Mug Tug at Barton
Burton upon Trent Golf Club, Forest Hills
Tug Too at Mercia
and the Willesley Park Golf Club near
Ceramic Café in
Craft Studios at the Ferrers Centre and
Chatterbox Ceramic Café in Tutbury.
Art in the Forest comes in many forms and at all times of the year.
FA’s National Football Centre near Burton upon Trent, to sample a few treatments, sauna, and steam room in a contemporary setting.
de la Zouch.
Bag a bargain High Street highlights
Festival of the Creative
September and the
into unique and
Park, home to the
There’s the annual
Swadlincote, or more challenging courses like Wychnor Country Club near Alrewas and the
& Spa at St George’s
Grade II stately home. Champneys, the
Crafts & Culture
Visit the Health Club
a spa resort set in a
Centre in Ibstock, Chapmans Nurseries in
in Melbourne during
for the disabled.
always guaranteed. You’ll ﬁnd quality garden
plant pots and plates
Rosliston, which has easy access
Kegworth village and
a quick ﬁx with some
turn mugs, eggcups,
Beehive Farm Woodland Lakes in
Hotel sits in the heart of
luxurious spas is pure,
are plenty of places where beautiful ﬂowers are
and Performing Arts
Springwood Fisheries near Lount and
whole day at one of our
a short break or just
If golf is your game, you’re in luck. There’s the
There’s plenty of angling action too at
Premier Yew Lodge
calming inﬂuence of
some pottery. You can
fun driving range at the N1 Golf Centre in
Spa at Best Western
the soul, but spending a
the Forest are a lovely sight to discover, there
artist and decorate With a brewing
the Forest is good for
While the seasonal wild ﬂowers that grow in
Release your inner
Shopping for your supper (or any other meal for
To help plan your visit and browse accommodation venues in The National Forest please visit visitnationalforest.co.uk
centre at Meadowside
watch the world waking up in spring or,
out or longer stay.
Photo credits: National Forest & Beyond partners and venues. Jacqui Rock, 2020 Vision/Ben Hall, National Trust/ Susan Guy, Lesley Hextall. The paper used for this publication is an FSC certified product produced at an ISO 9001 certified mill.
Ashby de la Zouch,
twice. Depending on the time of year, you can
Reeds Health Club &
vibrant Ashby Arts
Festival in May. For
For quirky, independent shopping try the quaint
music fans, there’s
streets and courtyards of Ashby de la Zouch,
Theory and Bloodstock
Want a busy, colourful indoor market with
Download, Bearded festivals and for the foodies; the popular Sausage & Cider
Festivals. For a full
Melbourne and Tutbury. over 40 stalls? Check out Coalville Market on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. For a mix of big, high street names and
list of events visit
independent traders, explore The Octagon
Shopping Centre in Burton upon Trent.
or contact a
Or, why not visit Swadlincote, at the heart of
Tourist Information Centre.
The National Forest? It’s home to a bustling and vibrant market on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
FOREST EXPERIENCES & OUTDOOR LEISURE
Hicks Lodge: The National Forest Cycle Centre
Bluebell Arboretum 2 and Nursery
Newtown Linford, Leicester LE06 0HE Tel. 0116 236 2713 bradgatepark.org Visit the 16th-century home of Lady Jane Grey, the tragic ‘9 day queen’. Explore over 800 acres of grounds and the newly opened Visitor Centre.
Lichfield Road (A38), Branston, Burton DE14 3HD eaststaffsbc.gov.uk Situated just off the A38, this once opencast gravel pit is now a nature park complete with café, children’s play area and a relaxing circular path around the lake.
260 Lichfield Road Barton Under Needwood, Burton upon Trent DE13 8ED Tel. 01283 711702 nationalforestllamatreks.co.uk Experience the great outdoors by going for a walk that’s out of the ordinary, alongside the lovely, calming influence of a llama. We offer treks, introductory sessions and group bookings.
23 Burton upon Trent 38 56 49 Swadlincote 4 13 25
Woodmill Workshop, Woodmill, Yoxall, Staffordshire DE13 8PG Tel. 07802 401995 forestharvest.co.uk Forest Harvest is a self-guided tour of a 30-year-old forest garden where the visitor will find lots of ideas for sustainable living and good gardening practices.
Ferrers Centre, Staunton Harold, Leicestershire LE65 12RU Tel. 01332 864529 greenwooddays.co.uk Learn traditional greenwood skills in a fantastic woodland workshop including Windsor Chair making, willow weaving, greenwood turning and more. Courses from 1-7 days, 1-1 sessions and family days. All levels welcome.
Melbourne Hall and Gardens
Dual Carriageway Train Station Steam Railway Forest Experiences & Outdoor Leisure
If you’re coming by car or coach, The National Forest is easily accessible from all parts of the country. If you are coming by train full timetables are available by calling 03457 484950 or visiting nationalrail.co.uk
Children’s Play Area
Swadlincote Ski & Snowboard Centre
Rawdon Road (B586), Moira, Nr. Ashby de la Zouch DE12 6GA Tel. 01283 216633 visitconkers.com A whole day of family adventures! 120 acres to explore with outdoor play, the Barefoot Walk, CONKERCHOO and much more. Indoors, experience the adventure play zone and interactive exhibits.
Sir Herbert Wragg Way, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE11 8LP Tel. 01283 217200 jnlswadlincote.co.uk Enjoy sensational snow action all year round in the heart of The National Forest. Try sno-tubing, tobogganing and the viper slide. Also skiing and snowboarding, with lessons available for every level.
Highﬁelds Happy Hens
National Forest Adventure Farm
Poplars Farm, Twyford, Barrow upon Trent, Derbyshire DE73 7HJ Tel. 07876 751599 trentadventure.co.uk Park your car, pack a picnic and hire a canoe. Explore South Derbyshire from the beautiful rivers and canals and get picked up at the end of your adventure.
Spring Wood, Staunton Harold Estate, Melbourne DE73 8BJ Tel. 07736 225035 woodlandsurvivalcrafts.com Learn bushcraft with courses covering wild food foraging, school’s Stone Age days, and teambuilding days for businesses. Plus, approved training for outdoor professionals, families and individuals, weekends and day courses.
Lindridge Lane, Desford, Leicestershire LE9 9GN Tel. 01455 824603 tropicalbirdland.com Set in 6.5 acres of English countryside, Tropical Birdland is home to over 250 birds with a variety of free-flying parrots, aviaries, chick room, woodland area, outdoor children’s play area and restaurant.
Postern Road, Tatenhill, Burton upon Trent DE13 9SJ Tel. 01283 533933 adventurefarm.co.uk A day of adventure awaits whatever the weather! Meet and feed the animals, explore the outdoor Funfield and take on the drop slides in the huge indoor play area.
Rebound Trampoline Park
Smisby Road, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire LE65 2UE Tel. 01530 567045 reboundashby.co.uk A 22,000 square foot indoor trampoline park filled with over 10,000 square feet of interconnected trampolines. Come along and join the fun or enjoy a coffee in our Relax Café.
Burton Road, Atherstone, Warwickshire CV9 3PX Tel. 0844 474 1777 twycrosszoo.org Twycross is the only zoo in the UK to have every type of great ape (gorilla, orangutan, chimpanzee and bonobo) as well as being home to many other iconic species.
Sutton Cheney, Nuneaton, Leicestershire CV13 0AD Tel. 01455 290429 bosworthbattlefield.org.uk Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre tells the timeless and dramatic story of the Battle of Bosworth on Monday 22nd August 1485, which marked a major turning point in English history.
Calke Abbey National Trust
Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire DE13 7AR Tel. 01283 245100 thenma.org.uk The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK’s year-round centre of Remembrance. A growing, living tribute, it is home to 330 memorials, 30,000 trees and a diverse range of wildlife.
Ticknall, Derby, Derbyshire DE73 7LE Tel. 01332 863822 nationaltrust.org.uk/calke-abbey With peeling paintwork and overgrown courtyards, Calke Abbey tells the story of the dramatic decline of a country house estate. Beyond the house, there’s over 600 acres of inspiring parkland to explore.
Sealwood Cottage and Vineyard
Sealwood Lane, Linton, Derbyshire DE12 6PA Tel. 01283 761371 sealwoodcottage.co.uk Raise a glass of English wine at our South Derbyshire vineyard with on-site self-catering accommodation and caravan park. Regular tours and wine tasting events held throughout the year.
Everything you need to know
North West Leicestershire Museums
Ferrers Centre, Staunton Harold, near Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire LE65 1RU Tel. 01332 864863 ferrerscentre.co.uk This thriving community offers an opportunity to experience the working and retail spaces of real crafts people. See how traditional skills mix harmoniously alongside more contemporary studios.
National Memorial 39 Arboretum
Shackerstone Station, Shackerstone, Leicestershire CV13 6NW Tel. 01827 880754 battlefieldline.co.uk Take a trip aboard a steam or diesel heritage train operating from Shackerstone, Market Bosworth and Shenton stations runs between March and December. See website for the full timetable.
Tropical Birdland 27
South Street, Ashby de la Zouch, LE65 1BR Tel. 01530 413343 english-heritage.org.uk Enjoy the impressive ruins of a medieval manor house turned castle, climb to the top of the great tower and walk the underground passage.
Stonehurst Farm, Bond Lane, Mountsorrel, Leicestershire LE12 7AR Tel. 01509 413216 stonehurstfarm.co.uk There is something for everyone here, with friendly farm animals, play areas, fantastic motor museum, farm shop and teashop selling home made produce. Plus the chance to ride on a tractor.
Highfields Farm, Heage Lane, Etwall, Derby DE65 6LS Tel. 01293 735063 highfieldshappyhens.co.uk A unique open farm experience for all ages where you can feed the animals, collect eggs and much more! Tractor and trailers rides and chick handling Saturdays & school holidays.
Woodland Survival Crafts
Stonehurst Family Farm
Ashby de la Zouch Castle
Century Theatre, Ashby Road, Coalville, Leicestershire LE67 3LN Tel. 01530 278444 centurytheatre.co.uk At the end of WW2, when many theatres were destroyed, Britain’s oldest travelling theatre was created to offer a completely mobile stage, auditorium, dressing rooms and box office.
Horninglow Street, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire DE14 1NG Tel. 01283 532880 nationalbrewerycentre.co.uk The National Brewery Centre celebrates the social history of the development of brewing - the real life experiences and stories of the people who helped to build Burton’s world-renowned brewing reputation.
Burton Road, Rosliston, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE12 8JX Tel. 01283 563483 roslistonforestrycentre.co.uk If you’re looking for family fun or quiet woodland walks you’ve found the right place. All year round, our mix of woodland and meadow, ponds and play areas are perfect.
National Brewery Centre 38
25 Rosliston Forestry Centre
Please contact venues directly for opening times and admission prices.
Duke Street, Burton upon Trent DE14 1AA brewhouse.co.uk Located in the very heart of Burton upon Trent, The Brewhouse is the perfect place to enjoy theatre, comedy, live music, exhibitions and workshops, or relax in our café/bar.
Furnace Lane, Moira, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE12 6AT Tel. 01283 224667 moirafurnace.org This ancient blast furnace beside the Ashby Canal is now the centre of a great day out with a play area, woodlands, picnic sites, tea room, craft village and events throughout the year.
Advanced Booking Required
Swadlincote Sharpe’s Pottery Museum, West Street, Swadlincote DE11 9DG Tel: 01283 222848 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brewhouse Arts Centre
Moira Furnace 37 Museum and Country Park
Ashby de la Zouch North Street, Ashby de la Zouch LE65 1HU Tel: 01530 411 767 Email: email@example.com
Tourist Information Centres
Melbourne, Derbyshire DE73 8EN Tel. 01332862502 melbournehall.com Once the home of Lord Melbourne who gave his name to the Australian city, this historic home and gardens with their famous wrought iron arbour, guarantees a tranquil time.
Welcome to The National Forest
Reservoir Road, Thornton, Leicestershire LE67 1AR Tel. 01332 865081 stwater.co.uk/leisure-and-learning/reservoirlocations/thornton/ Thornton Reservoir, owned and managed by Severn Trent, is a peaceful, picturesque location that offers a network of trails and footpaths around the reservoir and through the neighbouring woodland areas.
Money Hill Farm, Stretton en le Field, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE12 8AE Tel. 01283 762248 forest4wd.co.uk Get an introduction to safe off-road driving with expert instructor-led training, which gives the opportunity to develop a basic understanding of the skills required.
Manor Road, Coalville, Leicestershire LE67 2FW Tel. 01455 290429 doningtonleheath.org.uk Step back in time through the doors of the 1620s House and Garden at Donington le Heath. A stunning refurbishment lets you experience the life of people in the 17th-century.
Polly Botts Lane, Ulverscroft, Leicestershire LE67 9PT Tel. 01530 248040 nationaltrust.org.uk/stoneywell Zig-zagging from a rocky outcrop, Stoneywell is the realisation of one man’s Arts and Crafts vision. Explore quirky rooms filled with family treasures whilst outside, every turn conjures childhood holiday memories.
Donington le Heath 35 1620s House & Garden
Thornton Reservoir 18
Milton, Derbyshire, DE65 6EG Tel: 01332 865081 stwater.co.uk/leisure-and-learning/reservoirlocations/foremark/ Foremark Reservoir is owned and managed by Severn Trent. The site is an attractive mix of grassland and woodland, with plenty of open space, perfect for a family day out.
Forest Four Wheel Drive
National Forest Way (NFW)
Calke Road, Melbourne, Derbyshire DE73 8DN Tel. 01332 865081 stwater.co.uk/leisure-and-learning/reservoirlocations/staunton-harold/ Staunton Harold Reservoir, owned and managed by Severn Trent is an attractive, relaxing haven for walkers, wildlife enthusiasts and families, providing an interesting and varied day out.
Foremark Reservoir 7
23 West Street, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE11 9DG tel. 01283 222600 sharpespotterymuseum.org.uk Discover the industrial history and heritage of South Derbyshire’s once prolific pottery industry. See everything from bricks and toilets to elaborate art pottery.
Stoneywell National Trust
Meadow Lane, Stretton, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire DE13 0DA Tel. 01283 509929 claymills.org.uk Discover our fascinating industrial heritage at the most complete Victorian Pumping Station in the UK. See more than 20 stationary steam engines, including two working, five storey high, Gimson beam engines.
National Forest Boundary
Stapenhill Road, Burton upon Trent DE15 9AP eaststaffsbc.gov.uk Stapenhill Gardens is Burton upon Trent’s premier park. Pay a visit to see the iconic Swan statue, the new Diversitree artwork and stunning Victorian tiered floral planting.
Staunton Harold Visitor Centre
Melbourne Road, Ashby de la Zouch, Lount LE54 1RS Tel. 01283 763350 fieldsportuk.co.uk This award winning outdoor activity centre, based in the heart of The National Forest, is fantastic fun for everyone. No previous experience required as expert instructors provide instruction.
Stapenhill Gardens 15
Borrowash Road, Elvaston, Derby, DE72 3EP Tel. 01629 533870 derbyshire.gov.uk/elvaston Listed as being of national historical significance, Elvaston Castle & Country Park offers open parkland, woodland and formal historical gardens.
NFW Link Path
5 Elvaston Castle and Country Park
Field Sports UK
Claymills Victorian 34 Pumping Station
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Shortheath Road, Moira, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE12 6BW Tel. 01283 763777 shortheathwater.co.uk Well stocked coarse fishing lake open daily for day tickets with the Lakeside Bistro serving breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, Tuesday to Sunday. Two self-catering Lakeview Lodges available all year round.
National Forest Llama Treks
Findern Lane, Willington, Derbyshire DE65 6DW Tel. 01283 703332 merciamarina.co.uk As well as being a boating destination, Derbyshire’s biggest marina is perfect for walkers, cyclists or people who want to shop for clothes, crafts, cappuccino and cake.
Annwell Lane, Smisby, Ashby de la Zouch, Derbyshire LE65 2TA Tel. 01530 413700 bluebellnursery.com This beautiful nine-acre woodland garden has a large collection of rare and unusual trees and shrubs. A visit here is always interesting whatever the time of year.
Branston Water Park
Sharpe’s Pottery Museum
Catton Park, Catton, Derbyshire DE12 8LN Tel. 01283 716311 catton-hall.com Summer time is special at Catton Park. From music festivals to horse trials or classic cars to fireworks, there are events and excitement for everyone.
Willesley Woodside, Moira, Swadlincote, Leicestershire LE65 2UP Tel. 01530 274533 aecatering.co.uk This former opencast coal mine has been transformed into an exciting cycling and walking destination for all ages and abilities. With an excellent café, children’s play area and bike hire.
Waters Road, Abbots Bromley WS15 3DU blithfield.com Catch some top fishing at this popular fly-fishing venue or just enjoy a pleasant walk. Day and season permits available for bankside or boat fishing.
Catton Hall & Park
For all the latest information on events, attractions and more visit visitnationalforest.co.uk
Ashby de la Zouch Museum LE65 1HU Tel: 01530 560090 ashbymuseum.org.uk
Castle Donington Museum DE74 2JA Tel: 01332 812711 castledoningtonmuseum.org.uk
Diseworth Heritage Centre DE74 2DA Tel: 07891 628292 diseworthcentre.org
Sir John Moore Heritage Centre 46 DE12 7AH Tel: 01530 273629 sirjohnmoore.org.uk
Grace Dieu Priory LE67 5UG Tel: 01530 223201 gracedieupriory.org.uk
Swannington Heritage Trust Mill 47 LE67 8QU Tel: 01530 222833 swannington-heritage.co.uk
Kegworth Museum DE74 2DA Tel: 01509 670137
Measham Museum DE12 7HU Tel: 01530 271724 meashammuseum.btck.co.uk
Whitwick Historial Group Resource Centre LE67 5HA Tel: 01530 411767 whitwickhistoricalgroup.org.uk
Donington Park, Castle Donington, Derby DE74 2RP Tel. 01332 810048 donington-park.co.uk As well as the world-renowned racing circuit, Donington Park is home to a world-class collection of Grand Prix racing cars and a unique collection of military vehicles.
Green Bank Leisure Centre
Civic Way, Swadlincote DE11 0AD Tel. 01283216269 activenation.org.uk Aspiring climbers, from beginners to experts, can enjoy this state-of-the-art indoor climbing zone in South Derbyshire. Join the 1,500 intrepid explorers, who have so far scaled the 16 stations.
A guide to attractions, things to do and places to visit in The National Forest - Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Staffordshire.
Published on Jan 1, 2017
A guide to attractions, things to do and places to visit in The National Forest - Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Staffordshire.